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Five Things You Should Know About WiFi Performance and Reliability

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Frustrating might be too mild a description for the emotions a subpar wireless network can evoke. When it’s fast and reliable a wireless connection can help you accomplish some pretty amazing feats, but when the signal keeps dropping and the speed is so slow you might as well be on dial-up—well, that’s stress we don’t need. Thankfully, there are a few things that can be done to make sure you have a stable wireless network and there are trained smart home professionals who can design and install a robust network for you (should you decide your time would be better spent elsewhere).… Read the full article

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Marantz SR8012 11.2CH Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D AV Receiver

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Marantz SR8012 Introduction

Marantz SR8012The Marantz name has always been synonymous with hi fidelity since the brand’s inception over 60 years ago. Look around the audio discussion groups and you’ll find vintage Marantz enthusiasts devouted to the brand. When Sound United purchased the brand along with Denon, Definitive Technology, and Polk, and others, we wondered what they’d do to differentiate Marantz which shares AV receiver platforms with Denon.  This concern was put to rest with the release of their flagship SR8012. Though not quite the super receiver of a decade ago, the SR8012 packs quite a wallop, weighing in at almost 40lbs with a large toroidal power supply, and dual heatsinks with a monolithic amplifier construction rated at 140 watts/ch x 11.… Read the full article

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The Dolby Dimension Headphones: A Personal Home Theater On Your Ears

By | March 15th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Dolby Labs is one of a very small number of audio companies that can claim to be household names, with brand recognition that spans the globe. Everybody knows that Dolby is all about surround sound. But unlike other mainstream audio companies (such as Bose, for example), Dolby has never released a piece of consumer hardware. Dolby’s legacy has always been tied to technological advancements licensed and used by other hardware manufacturers — first in recording studio gear, then in movie theaters, and later in home entertainment products like AV receivers and blu-ray players.

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RBH Sound SI-615 In-Ceiling Atmos Speakers Review

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

RBH SI-615 Introduction

RBH SI-615 sideviewWhile I love reviewing new floorstanding super towers from RBH Sound, I also recognize in-walls represent a big chunk of their Custom Integrator business. Let’s face it, not everybody has the space to accommodate a pair of Signature reference towers in their listening space or those that do simply can’t replicate the same speaker setup as a surround channel. But, what if there was a way to get Signature level of performance without having the big hulking box?

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Mobile MQA Goes Mainstream Via Tidal’s Android App

By | March 12th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

The average Joe may be happy to listen to music at the low-resolution quality offered by Spotify and Apple Music, but uncompromising audiophiles tend to prefer the lossless streams provided by Tidal. Two years ago, Tidal upped the sound-quality ante even further with the introduction of its MQA-powered Tidal Masters service, which delivers high-resolution music (usually 24-bit/96kHz, but sometimes higher) guaranteed to sound “as flawless as it sounded in the mastering suite.” But Tidal isn’t the only option for high-res streaming.… Read the full article

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Samsung Drops Blu-ray, Drives Nail into Disc-Media Coffin

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Samsung, one of the world’s most prominent electronics manufacturers, and leader in the development of Blu-ray, has announced it will no longer produce and distribute Blu-ray players in the US. That announcement also included Samsung’s acknowledgement that it has completely abandoned plans to roll out a new, high-end 4K ultra high definition (UHD) Blu-ray player originally scheduled for release this year.

It’s shocking news from a company that has been a major backer of the Blu-ray high-definition media format since its introduction over a decade ago.

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Demystifying 4K UHD of Whatever They Call It

By | March 4th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Ultra High Definition is finally starting to take hold in the market with equipment prices that are beginning to drop into the price range for buyers of normal means and more content is starting to become available for everyone’s viewing enjoyment.  But what does the new technology entail and how does one navigate all the new specifications, acronyms, and jargon along with all the recycled, updated, and bastardized terminology from the previous generation of HDTV.  That is where Audioholics comes in to do some critical review to help you, the reader, sort through it all.… Read the full article

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Monoprice Monolith Sealed Subwoofer Line Preview

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Last yearmonolith sealed 10 front view.jpg we reviewed Monoprice’s new THX-certified Monolith subwoofer line including the Monolith THX 10″ and 12″ Sub and the Monolith 15” THX Ultra sub review. The great sounding and affordable subs from Monoprice were unveiled to great interest from the audio community. At CES this year, Monoprice unveiled sealed versions of these subs for those who want a similarly excellent price to performance ratio but in a smaller package. Much of the specs remain the same as the ported models: 10”, 12”, and 15” long-throw woofers using 500-watt amplifiers, and, in the case of the 15”, a 1,000-watt amplifier, and all in robust HDF cabinets.

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The TiVo Bolt OTA Takes The Pain Out Of Cord-Cutting

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

On December 26th of 2018, my household officially joined the cord-cutters club. For the first time since 1988, I don’t have cable TV (at least not in the traditional, non-streaming sense). The process has been relatively painless thanks to a high-speed internet connection, a Roku set-top box, and the plethora of streaming services that are finally creating real competition for the big cable companies. If you aren’t satisfied with your cable company’s bloated content packages and sluggish hardware, you have options.… Read the full article

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Can Star Trek: Discovery Carry CBS All Access?

By | February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Is Star Trek: Discovery the solid performer that CBS needs it to be? Some believe that the controversial new Star Trek show may have seen its final season. Although a third season has yet to be announced, other Star Trek news from CBS would make it seem that Discovery has been a smashing success. CBS has announced that it’s planning two new Star Trek series, including one with Patrick Stewart revising his legendary role as Jean Luc Picard. But to some, the announcement of a new Picard series is further evidence that the producers are looking for a new direction, possibly because Discovery has been a misfire for CBS and its streaming service All Access.

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